Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, was pleased to attend the Universal Peace Foundation’s Youth Achievement Awards 2016 honouring young leaders at an event in Parliament last month. He was very grateful to have the opportunity to honour his constituent Natasha Doughty and other young achievers that well deserved recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Jon was pleased to hear the young people’s inspiring stories and learn about their brilliant contribution to society through their passion and commitment to positive change. He was pleased to be able to offer them some words of advice and encouragement that were well received.

Jon Cruddas MP said: ‘The young people awarded by the Universal Peace Federation are a real testament to the vital work of young leaders in the UK. The positive impact that these young people have had deserves recognition and it was a pleasure to be part of the occasion.’

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) offer young people the opportunity to develop their capacity as leaders and peacebuilders across different nations, cultures and religions. Through forums, seminars, conferences, service programs, and interfaith peace initiatives, the UPF builds a global network of peacebuilders to contribute to a world of sustainable peace.

Jon commented that: ‘The UPF provide a valuable global network dedicated to peace. The work they do to encourage young people to develop better leadership and peace making skills is very important, helping to promote positive values.’